Surviving Economic Abuse

Analysis of economic safety needs of victim-survivors of economic abuse in the context of coronavirus


Project overview

SEA will undertake a rapid review to ascertain the immediate and ongoing economic safety needs of victim-survivors of economic abuse in the context of coronavirus, and aims to influence policy and practice to benefit women.

Over a period of six months, SEA will collect evidence through contact with victim-survivors and frontline service providers who can speak for those who, due to safety reasons, can not participate directly. It will analyse and present the evidence, and undertake policy work to influence decision-makers to implement the desired change. The work will be delivered in two parts.

Evidence of immediate need (months 1-3)

SEA will survey 400 victim-survivors and 100 professionals on the victim experience of economic abuse in the context of coronavirus, and will conduct 50 semi-structured interviews to explore issues in greater depth.

Evidence gathered and analysed will feed into the development of an influencing strategy containing tailored strands of work to achieve specific outcomes in response to immediate and emerging needs. A reference group of those with lived experience will ensure this is also conveyed to decision makers.

Evidence of emerging/future need (months 4-6)

SEA expects the ripple effects of coronavirus to impact upon the economic resilience of victim-survivors, with complex needs emerging over time. The survey and initial interviews described above will include questions about emerging and anticipated future needs, which will be included in the initial analysis. In this second part of the project, SEA will conduct follow-up interviews to learn whether this was as expected and/or whether these have changed/evolved.

SEA will use this data to continue to shape its influencing work. It will document findings and analyse impact, recording policy and practice adjustments resulting from this work. A reflexive approach will integrate learning as the project develops. A final report at the end of the six months will be produced.